What To Expect
A Typical Session
A typical Rolfing® session usually lasts one hour, and are spaced out at least a week apart or more.
The rate for a session is $150 payable by cash, check, credit card, or Venmo.
At the beginning and end of each session (and sometimes during), we will evaluate your structure in specific movements and assess function. This structural analysis will allow me to look for patterns and give both of us a chance to feel and observe changes.
Hands-on work is done on a comfortable table, seated, and standing or moving in gravity.
Clients are usually more active in the Rolfing process than with other types of body work. The work becomes more effective as clients participate in ways such as performing specific movements or noticing their internal experience.
What To Wear
Your comfort is of upmost importance. Here are some recommendations for your Rolfing uniform. Women- loose yoga attire, 2 piece bathing suit or underwear. Men- athletic shorts or underwear. Access to skin is great, but your comfort is most important.
“I think Rolfing can be a great way to get more in touch with your body and change long-standing problems of bad posture and chronic pain (like back pain). It can also release repressed emotions as we dissipate habitual muscle tension.”
-Andrew Weil, M.D.
Does Rolfing® Hurt?
Rolfing® is not, as many people think, deep tissue massage. Rolfing has an age old reputation for being painful. This is not the case with my practice. My ultimate goal is to provide a comfortable environment for my client to make change and relieve pain and tension, not create it.
Rolfing® as a Process...
Rather than working within a relaxation paradigm, Rolfing works within a transformative paradigm. It is a creative process that enables further evolution, within the being, on multiple levels.
Rolfing is most effective in the context of a series of sessions. This cumulative process allows us to build upon the sessions prior, which provides us with better insight on the deeper postural restrictions and movement patterns. The more we work together, the more we discover layers of availability.
Classically, Rolfing has been delivered in a ten-session series that addresses the entire body, front-back, side-to-side, top-to-bottom. In the “ten-series” treatment plan, the client and practitioner aim to systematically re-sculpt the body’s major segments (feet, legs, pelvis, back, etc.) in order to relieve strain from accidents, injuries, and over- and/or misuse. When these segments are sculpted into a new shape and form, they will subsequently work differently and harmoniously, allowing for new possibilities of alignment and function.
Although ten sessions are recommended, most people experience very positive results just after one session. Whether its one session or ten, Rolfing can be extremely beneficial to the individual's overall health and well being. Although some folks are hesitant to commit to all ten, three sessions can often be a good start. I encourage you to try the initial three sessions as a way of determining whether the work is meeting your goals and expectations.
Healthier alignment tends to relieve most painful symptoms, and increase energy and vitality. By improving economic energy expenditure, the body will only be using the energy appropriate for a particular function and not compensating by recruiting unnecessary muscles to maintain a posture or pattern that no longer serves the body. Many clients use Rolfing to manage both acute and chronic pain. This unique approach is often very beneficial and might not require the completion of a full series, although it is recommended.